New York: 2015 Subaru Outback Breaks Cover

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To put it simply, the Outback is Subaru's jack-of-all-trades as it combines the off-road versatility of the Forester SUV with the roominess and comfort of a station wagon. The Japanese company introduced the fifth generation of the model today at the New York Auto Show, announcing it will arrive in U.S. dealerships this summer.
Dubbed as the world's first Sport Utility Wagon, the 2015 Subaru Outback will defy almost anything Mother Nature throws in its way thanks to lots of new or upgraded technologies such as: last-gen Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive featuring X-MODE and Hill Descent Control, Vehicle Dynamics Control with retuned Active Torque Vectoring, 8.7-inches of ground clearance and extensively revised MacPherson suspension on the front and double-wishbones at the rear, just to name a few.

The beautifully sculpted front fascia is highlighted by the hexagonal radiator grille with chrome detailing. Behind that grille lies the Active Grille Shutter system that helps with fuel economy by reducing wind resistance when closed. An aluminum hood reduces weight over the front wheels, which helps enhance steering response.

The cabin was designed primarily with practicality in mind, but also features premium quality materials with Japanese-level fit and finish all around. Thanks to the 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks, the Outback is truly cavernous with its 108 cubic feet (3,058 litres) of available storage space. Also, new soft-touch materials, thicker cushioning for armrests and new trim styles give the 2015 Outback a more upmarket feel.

A new 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard on the Outback, providing goodies such as: AM/FM and HD Radio, a CD player, Starlink smartphone integration with Aha Infotainment, Pandora Radio and iHeart Radio, rearview camera, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, iPod control capability, an USB port and an auxiliary input jack. The upgraded version of the infotainment system adds 0.8-inches to the screen size, navigation, voice-activated controls, SiriusXM satellite radio, a vehicle information display, SMS text messaging, iTunes tagging capability and dual USB ports.

All three models come standard with the Lineartronic CVT transmission and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The engine range consists of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer unit with 175 horsepower and 174 lb-ft (235 Nm) of torque, as well as a 3.6-liter six-pot producing 256 horsepower and 247 lb-ft (334 Nm) of torque.

You can take an in-depth look at the all-new 2015 Subaru Outback by checking the photo and video gallery below.

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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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